WDH on a 2015 Ford Explorer
This is gonna be a similar post to the recent 4Runner posted question. I did not want to highjack his thread so I started a new one.
A fellow FRF member posted this from his information regarding a Toyota 4Runner.
"The oem weight carrying hitch (for the V6's) is mounted to the rear crossmember, underneath the bumper cover. It is rated for 500 lbs max tongue weight and 5,000 lbs max pull weight. It is NOT designed to be used with a weight distribution system, because the rear crossmember it is mounted on is not designed to handle the rotational torque stress that a weight distribution system will put on it. On the other hand, the frame mounted hitch, like those on most V8's, is designed to be used with a weight distribution system because it is directly mounted to each of the main frame rails. When a weight distribution system is used with it, the rotational torque is applied directly to the frame rails through the hitch. If you need a weight distribution system to control sway or handle a heavier trailer, you MUST have a frame mounted hitch for it to work properly and not damage the rear crossmember.
Since Toyota, as far as I know, does not have a V8 option available for the 5th gen 4Runners, I doubt they have a factory frame mounted hitch available. I do not know if there are any aftermarket 5th gen frame mounted hitches available yet. And I don't know if the frames between the 4th gen and 5th gen are close enough to allow a 4th gen frame mounted hitch to fit the 5th gen. "
It got me thinking. Does such an issue exist with the current model year Ford Explorer's. My local dealer does not have an Explorer with a Tow package and I cannot check. Are there any people on here with a Ford Explorer + tow package? Does Ford warn the same thing?
I use a 1K/10K Equalizer hitch and would like to use it on my next TV as well. I can seriously considering the Ford. The Toyota poster raised an interesting point that I did not even know existed. Can anyone weigh (no pun intended. lol) on this?
2006 HW256 (previous pup)
2013 Chevy Tahoe
Equalizer WDH 1000#